MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that the Afghan government formed by the Taliban was not representative and inclusive, but it was important to work with it as he stressed the need to take other countries’ stance on recognition coordinate.
At the joint meeting of the leaders of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Putin said via video link that the Taliban movement, which has in fact become the sole ruler of the country, has formed its government who assumed responsibility for the future of Afghanistan, reported the official Russian news agency TASS.
“This is a transitional government, as the Taliban themselves say, and it cannot really be called representative or inclusive,” he said, adding that there are no members of any other ethnic group.
“However, it also seems necessary to work with it. As for recognition, I believe and I agree with those who have spoken about that we need to coordinate our position on this issue,” Putin said.
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The Taliban are banned in Russia.
Although the Russian government has not yet officially announced its recognition of the Taliban’s interim government, it has opened its embassy in Kabul together with China and Pakistan.
According to Putin, it would be optimal to promote the dialogue “via the mechanism of the enlarged troika on Afghanistan (Russia, China, Pakistan and the USA); this work is already in progress”.
He also cited the earlier Moscow advisory format on Afghanistan, in which other SCO and CSTO countries were involved.
“Its work can be revived if necessary and if all member states agree,” said Putin when he mentioned his proposal to examine the possibility of resuming the activities of the SCO-Afghanistan Contact Group, “which was set up to work with Afghan partners.” . “.
The CSTO, founded in 1992, comprises the six former Soviet republics of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan with the aim of ensuring peace and stability in Eurasia.
On Thursday, the Russia-led CSTO military bloc said the situation in Afghanistan was “alarming” after the Taliban came to power last month. and it stands ready to “take effective action” to ensure the security of its member states’ borders.
Meanwhile, at the 21st summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe, Putin welcomed the decision to grant Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia the status of dialogue partners in the SCO.
“There is a pretty impressive portfolio of applications from other countries who want to work with the organization in one role or another,” he said.
Russia welcomes the decision to give Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia dialogue partner status in the SCO, he said.
“Of course we welcome the fact that Egypt, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been granted dialogue partner status.
Russia is in favor of these countries actively participating in various aspects of the activities of the SCO, ”Putin said.
“In practice, we think it appropriate to think about how the participation of observers and dialogue partners in the work of the SCO can be modernized and made more effective.
“In our opinion, it would make sense in the future to hold high-level and high-level events in the so-called SCO + format at the same time as the summit meetings of the heads of state and government of the SCO countries,” said Putin.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping also spoke via video link at the SCO summit.
The eight-member SCO group from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan held its 21st summit in Dushanbe.
Afghanistan is an observer in the SCO.
The SCO, seen as a counterweight to NATO, is an economic and security bloc that has developed into one of the largest supraregional international organizations.
India and Pakistan became its permanent members in 2017.
The SCO was founded in 2001 at a summit meeting in Shanghai by the presidents of Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The SCO also has four observer states – Iran, Mongolia, Belarus and Afghanistan – and six dialogue partners – Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia, Nepal, Turkey and Sri Lanka.